Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1978-05-11
This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 25
Cold Rain & Snow, Beat It On Down The Line, Friend Of The Devil, Looks Like Rain, Loser, Mexicali Blues-> Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Dancin' In The Streets-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around; E: Werewolves of London, Johnny B. Goode
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Springfield Civic CenterLocation Springfield, MASource SoundboardLineage SBD -> Rm -> Cass -> Dat -> CD -> Sonic Solutions -> CD
SBD -> Rm -> Cass -> Dat -> CD -> Sonic Solutions -> CD via Charlie Miller
July 2, 2016
Supposed melting band
Average to below average sets for '78, overall the show is a bit flat and lifeless compared to the top stuff from the year, though there's a great tranny into Tennessee and a perfect Peggy-O. Wachtel & Zevon's Werewolves was played 7 times on this tour and twice more in the summer. It's weird because the song was brand new at the time and they really took to it - not something this band otherwise did. May 9 must not be in the vault or surely they would have put it on Dick's 25 instead of this show, the sloppiness of which was blamed on the mescalino gods, and chalked as a learning experience. You could argue that it made it unique.
First Set. The set is average-to-flat. The segue from Mama Tried to Tennessee Jed is of brief interest. The set then improves to the highpoints of the show, with a good Minglewood and classic Peggy-O before a decent-enough Lightning>Supplication.
Second Set. They're just not firing on all cylinders for Scarlet>Fire. Bobby may have been pie-eyed for Dancin' but he sounds drunk. Jer and the rhythm section prevent a complete trainwreck. Drums is the set highlight so far - before turning into a monotonous half hour of
eyes without a face Drums without a Space. Though, the way they start the clave for NFA s'cool, and it also has a cool middle jam (albeit with ridiculous vox - "not fade awaooahh"). The rest is average '78 until Werewolves of London. Most people hadn't heard of Zevon yet as the single started radio play that month. It's okay...until Bobby starts playing a different song and in a different key. Ouch; and then everybody but Jer stops taking the song seriously. Fun enough if you happened to be there but not the choice for posterity-based representation. Johnny B. Goode is better than the whole set that preceded.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: D
Overall = 2 stars
Peggy-O - Jer takes an extra measure - it's a Jer show
SOURCES: The miller.16333 is the SBD upgrade. All but Mexicali Blues, Mama Tried and Peggy-O are on Dick's Picks #25. There's a wild triple matrix from dusborne, but it's hard to control the phase artifacts with three sources.
February 21, 2015
Not usually a fan
Typically, I've come to think of Werewolves of London as filler, or not even, maybe more like fodder. But the version in tonight's show is pretty damn good. The Phil contributions with his growling, and Donna's voice quivering like she's being felt up at prom, Jer's guitar and everyone is into it.
March 18, 2014
nice show, nicer upgrade
saw this & hope I'm not out of line posting here, sounds excellent
thanks to all involved
March 10, 2013
Man, what *balls* the organization had to release this show officially on DP25. It's the epitome of the crazy, dangerous, edgy sound the band took on in '78, maybe as a result of the smack, maybe as a way to simply make things lively after a year of total, gold-medal perfection the year before. This and the previous night are essential '78 companion pieces.
So legend has it that good ol' mescaline is the culprit this evening, and you can tell, based on the sheer volume of sheer GROWLING that goes on here - there is little to support, on the other hand, an idea that band simply went for a wild, one-shot attempt at this kind of vocalization. It's just too weird. And, ultimately, what only matters in regards to any mescaline vs. no mescaline voodoo is if it makes the performance interesting to listen to, or affects it negatively. I'm edging towards the positive - but, really, you've got to hear this thing.
Would love to hear the outtakes from this Miller board - there were quite a few tunes DP25 left off the final product...